New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…
One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.
Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…
Nothing will ever be the same again.
“Life isn’t static, and sometimes, we don’t realize the value of knowledge or even of people, until further down the track, when we’re mature enough to truly understand.”
I’m a bit weirded out right now. I know this is the second time I have read this book. I remember one incredibly specific thing that happened in Archangel’s Heart that happens here and nowhere else. Yet I remember exactly nothing else from this book, at all.
The sad fact is, despite this being an Elena and Raphael book, it is mostly filler. I really didn’t like this book very much because of this. It just wasn’t very compelling. And it was way, way heavy on the coincidence. It progressed the series not at all, and the only benefit to it was that it finally settled some personal things with the characters. I was just disappointed overall, which might be why I forgot about it in the first place.
Archangel’s Heart is about Lijuan, surprise surprise. She has been absent for a while, and a meeting has been called to determine what to do with her land if she is asleep or dead, or if things should stay the same if she is awake and alive. Archangel’s need a lot of territory between them, there are a lot of Archangel’s awake right now, and Lijuan’s territory will descend into madness without an Archangel to keep it in line.
And because reasons, Elena comes with. Because really, Archangel’s Heart is about Elena and her past. Because for whatever reason, this place that even the Archangels have to listen to, that has never been brought up before now, has some random connection to her mysterious ancestor. Her relationship with Raphael isn’t even much of a focus this time around. Which is probably the most disappointing part, since I always look forward to these two together.
This just wasn’t what I wanted.
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